Miami University anticipates about 3,725 first-year students - a record number - as it welcomes them to campus Thursday, Aug. 16, for move-in day. Staff and student volunteers, including Miami President David Hodge and Mrs. Valerie Hodge, will be on hand to greet, direct, sign-in and carry boxes for students and families.
Among freshman, 36 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their classes and 28 percent scored the equivalent of 29 or higher on the ACT. Forty-seven percent are entering having earned college credit from AP, PSEOP or other programs.
Fifty-two percent are female and 61 percent are from Ohio; 12.5 percent are ethnically diverse and 3.9 percent are from other countries. Forty-four percent of the incoming students have at least one parent with a post-baccalaureate degree.
Among new happenings on campus:
- More than 60 new faculty members will help ensure an appropriate student-faculty ratio and the optimum support for student learning.
- An additional 185 class sections have been added to the fall 2012 schedule since orientation ended in July.
- Construction is under way as Miami’s master plan to upgrade the amenities, safety and capacity of Miami's housing and dining facilities continues. This “Miami Makeover” includes four new residence halls and two new food service facilities under way this year. Three of the new halls will have geothermal heating and cooling.
- The School of Fine Arts officially became the School of Creative Arts on July 1. One of the major developments is the upcoming addition of a new degree program in interactive media studies.
- The department of decision sciences and management information systems has been changed to the department of information systems and analytics, reflecting the department’s increased focus on business analytics.
- Miami welcomes its first-year students with an 11-day series of programs that include several major events from move-in day through the start of classes. Workshops introduce students to resources, services and involvement opportunities on campus.
- Welcome back programs for second-year students include a picnic, concert for all students and information sessions, such as Making College Count